I've been worried about my favourite street person. I hadn't seen him around the neighbourhood for about a week. Finally on Friday, I went up to the central bus stop, where several city buses all gather every so often to transfer passengers. This just happens to be in my 'front yard'. Anyway -- a couple of drivers were standing on the sidewalk, having a chin wag. I interrupted:
ME: Excuse me. Have you seen Carlo around lately? I haven't seen him for awhile, and I'm starting to worry about him.
HE: Oh yeah, he's around. I saw him last night.
ME: Oh that's good. I work down at the legal clinic, and he's usually in front of my office window everyday.
HE: Well, it's getting colder.
ME: Oh. Does that keep him indoors?
HE: No. But when it gets colder, we let him drive the bus.
I saw him today - singing his lungs out next to my office window. So, I went out to talk to him
ME: Where have you been? I've missed you!
HE: I be right here! You dinna bringa me coffee for long time!
ME: I'll bring you a coffee when I come back from lunch.
HE: How long you gonna be?
ME: About an hour.
HE: About an hour. Okay! I wait. RIGHT HERE!
Got a work story. I work in an office with ALL women. We can be silent all day long, nose to the keyboards, working straight through until close. Occassionally, a strange conversation will erupt.
So, it was a lovely, fair day. Sunshine and mild temperatures. Not typical November weather, that's for sure. But I slipped out this afternoon to move my car, and the skies had clouded over.
ME: Looks like it could rain.
A little while later, a volunteer comes in.
SHE: Looks like it could rain.
A few more minutes later, and a colleague comes in.
SHE: It's not gonna rain. It's clearing up.
ME: (I start singing)
ANOTHER SHE: What's that? Fiddler on the Roof?
ME: Alice Cooper. 1971
ANOTHER SHE: I was never a big Alice Cooper fan.
ME: I was a big Cooper fan.
ANOTHER SHE: I can't see it.
ANOTHER SHE: Me neither
ANOTHER SHE: I could totally see Nancy---outside an Alice Cooper concert... handing out clean needles, or something...
ANOTHER SHE: Yeah, doing some community outreach maybe.
ANOTHER SHE: That sounds about right.
ME: Shut up! I used to be cool!